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Gunadasa Kapuge


Gunadasa Kapuge

Biography


Ellamulla Kapuge Gunadasa (Sinhala: එල්ලමුල්ල කපුගේ ගුණදාස) (August 7, 1945 – April 3, 2003) better known by his stage name Gunadasa Kapuge, was a Sri Lankan musician. He was well known among Sri Lankans due to the philosophical background of his music renditions and lyrics selected for his work. Kapuge’s one man show called Kampana was a historical advent of the Sinhala music industry.
Kapuge’s initial release was titled “Daesa Nilupul Thema” in 1973, which became an instant hit. After which, Kapuge was quoted as a ‘Grade A’ vocalist by the Radio Ceylon. Thus the three decade long music career of Visharada Kapuge began. The first stage drama for which he provided background music was “Thuranga Sanniya” by Sugathapala De Silva. Since then he provided background music for the highly popular musical “Tharawo Igilethi” by Lucien Bulathsinhala and several other. His first movie background music gig was for Stanley Perera’s “Sandha.” In 1980, Kapuge released his first music compact cassette titled “Dhampatin Laa Sandha” featuring Malini Bulathsinhala.
Now his son Mithra Kapuge, and his brother, Premawardhana Kapuge singing his song to save Kapuge’s memory as well.





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